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Uncle Joe’s Pizzeria Café and Restaurant

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uncle joes 2Amidst Italian Old World décor is the authentic Italian cuisine of Uncle Joe’s Pizzeria Café and Restaurant. Claudio Sciara and his father, Joe, have taken over the former Parto’s and made it their own. Boaters will find it across the street from the Peconic Riverfront docks.

For appetizers, stuffed mushrooms, fried zucchini sticks, and the rice ball parmigiana are winners.  Soup offerings include pasta fagioli, minestrone, and a hearty lentil. Uncle Joe’s offers 12 salad dishes for a lighter fare.

The chef’s specialties are the fisherman’s platter, shrimp and chicken Francese, and stuffed shrimp. Four different sampler dishes provide tasty entrée selections. The pasta sampler entrée offers penne, ravioli, stuffed shells and manicotti. If you prefer an all-meat dish, the veal cutlet, chicken cutlet, meatball and sausage sampler will surely satisfy. All four samplers are served a la parmigiana. Eight veal dishes are offered; my favorite is the veal a la Marsala with mushroom and prosciutto in a Marsala wine sauce.  Entrées are served with your choice of pasta marinara or garlic and oil. Don’t forget to ask for the hot, garlicky, and straight-from-the-oven garlic knots.

Gourmet Napolitano and Sicilian-style pizzas as well as personal pizzas, are on the menu. Try the Hawaiian, white, chicken Marsala, grandma, Margherita, and vegetable. If you’re more daring, order the Buffalo chicken pizza made with red hot sauce, blue cheese, chicken, and topped with fresh mozzarella cheese. For me, it’s a must.  Ruspante personal pizza, made with sun dried tomatoes, broccoli rabe, and Pecorino Romano cheese, is my better half’s favorite.

Pasta dishes such as penne with broccoli,  fettuccine carbonara, tortellini a la panna, or simply tossed with garlic and oil will delight the taste buds of all looking for a meat-free meal.

Reasonably-priced glasses and bottles of red and white wines, domestic and imported beers, soda, and sparkling water can accompany your meal. To top off the repast, enjoy a cup of cappuccino and a slice of homemade fudge cake or a fresh-filled cannoli.

Uncle Joe’s is open seven days a week and welcomes large parties of six or more. If you prefer picnicking with fellow boaters dockside, Uncle Joe’s will gladly cater.

Uncle Joe’s Pizzeria Café and Restaurant

12 West Main Street

Riverhead

631-727-4828

www.unclejoespizzariverhead.com

Review and photo by Robert Banfelder

 

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